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Jason Peters wants to play into his 40s; New York Jets linger as possibility

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 05: Jason Peters #71 of the Philadelphia Eagles sits on the bench after a 17-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Former Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro Jason Peters wants to play into his 40s, and the New York Jets still linger as a possibility.

“If Tom Brady can play into his 40s, I can play into my 40s; I feel great.”

Those are the words of former Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters, via Mike Garofolo of NFL Network.

Peters, 38, is a two-time First-Team All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowl tackle who’s protected the blindside of Eagles quarterbacks for 11 seasons.

The 6-foot-4, 328-pound Peters was originally an undrafted free agent signed by the Buffalo Bills after the 2004 NFL draft. (That’s right, he was in the league prior to NFL 2K5’s release.)

The New York Jets have been long-rumored to have interest in Peters. How that would work in life-after-Mekhi Becton is a tough one to dissect. Peters’s willingness to slide to the right side or the possibility of moving the even bigger man (Becton) to the right would prompt major questions. Perhaps the bigger issue is the money.

Peters would command a semi-hefty cap number. Last year, his $8.66-million hit was something the Eagles organization was happy to move on from once the season concluded. This is especially the case considering his recent availability. Peters missed three games a year ago and nine in 2017.

Right now, the Jets possess $14.996 million in cap room, via OverTheCap. Rookies still need to be signed, but the possible cut of Brian Winters could add major relief. It’s tough to figure out where Peters may fit with Logan Ryan also floating out there as a possibility. The recently-released Larry Warford is another rumored player the Jets could seek to hire.

Life after Becton makes a Peters signing extremely unlikely. Throw in the idea George Fant wants to play (as made clear by his left tackle wishes on last week’s Zoom call), and Joe Douglas snagging Jason Peters is a tough one.

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